Chiral-Selective Chemistry Induced by Spin-Polarized Secondary Electrons from a Magnetic Substrate

TitleChiral-Selective Chemistry Induced by Spin-Polarized Secondary Electrons from a Magnetic Substrate
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsRosenberg RA, Abu Haija M, Ryan PJ
Journal TitlePhysical Review Letters
Volume101
Pages178301
Date Published10/01
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0031-9007
Accession NumberISI:000260383600070
KeywordsASYMMETRIC PHOTOLYSIS, co, EMISSION, HOMOCHIRALITY, LIFE, light, molecules, origin, SCATTERING CROSS-SECTION, surfaces
Abstract

We demonstrate for the first time that low-energy spin-polarized secondary electrons, produced by irradiation of a magnetic substrate, can induce chiral-selective chemistry. Our approach was to perform detailed measurements of the reaction rate for x-ray induced, secondary electron photolysis of a model chiral compound, (R)- or (S)-2-butanol, adsorbed on a magnetized Permalloy substrate. The results showed that there is an enhancement of similar to 10% in the rate of CO bond cleavage that depends on the chirality of the molecule and the spin polarization of the substrate secondary electrons.

DOI10.1103/PhysRevLett.101.178301
Alternate JournalPhys. Rev. Lett.